The Bible in Malay language

Ideally, making the Bible available to Malaysian Christians should be a “no-brainer”, i.e., nothing there to even think about. Yet, the issue has become a true “tempest in a teapot”.

First, let’s be clear that the Bible, in whatever translation, is a piece of literature. Many people feel that Muslims should read it. A friend related to me of his encounter during an inter-faith visit at a local church, where he was surprised at how compatible the preacher’s sermon was with Muslim belief until a certain point. He further said that as guests in the church, we may always politely dismiss the singing, gender-mixed social seating, and prayer forms. Continue reading

Blasphemy Most Foul

Media Statement By Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, President, Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia.

In the days leading to the decision of the case brought by the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop applying to use the word Allah in the Malay version of the bible, the Muslim community sat muted whilst being schooled by the non Muslims on their own religion. At the helm of this muted movement were politicians including their ulamas, political alliances and Muslim intellectuals who all agreed that it is permissible for the use of the word Allah in the Catholic weekly Herald publication.

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